Alana Dee Haynes is a mixed media artist, illustrator, and designer. She see’s patterns and faces in everything, and through illustrations tries to highlight what is hidden beneath. For more of Alana Dee Haynes works visit her website www.alanadeehaynes.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Whom do you look up to?
I look up to anyone who can embrace their craziness and turn it into a career.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
My family has always been really supportive of my art, and my boyfriend inspired me to show it to the world.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Music has always had a large affect on the way I view life. Lyrics that sum up how beautiful and messy life can be, always makes me feel part of something bigger than myself. It lets me know that we are all somehow connected, and that someone somewhere can connect with my art on a personal level.
What made you want to become a artist?
I always wanted to be an artist. After graduating art school I just kept doing art and timidly putting it out there. And then I guess I just fell into it.
What was your favorite project and why?
I can never choose favorites of anything. Especially not my own stuff. I love anything thats been a collaboration.
How do you define creativity?
Creativity is in everything. Its like water or salt.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
As a kid I thought being an artist would be easier, like any other job. But you really have to keep at it every day. But to live a creative life, its really how you look at it.
Do you have a favorite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.”- Frank Zappa
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a artist?
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Being that I’m 22, theres not that much wisdom I could pass down to my past self, but I think I wish I would have taken more risks.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
Passion lives inside you. I think it would be physically impossible to give up. Even if your not producing anything, art is something you can see and feel by just being.
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